So, a new therapy for autisic children. Good thing, yes?
What’s exciting about the findings of this study is that the therapy does successfully boost the social development of the children who receive it.
What makes this complicated, however, is that social communication skills are one of the main things measured when someone is assessed for an autism diagnosis. The fact that this therapy boosted those skills meant that children scored lower on those parts of autism assessments, which in turn meant they didn’t meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis. In fact, the study shows that this therapy reduced autism diagnosis by two-thirds.
Or, another way to look at this, 'these children are no longer held back by their affliction'. Why would that not be a positive thing?
The main concern for us in the UK is that support only follows diagnosis. Even if the therapy allows autistic people to have a better start in life, the system will need to change to ensure support is there if and when it is needed.
Ah. As always, follow the money. And the activist's hopes of a guaranteed milk herd...
We also have to ask what else a child may miss out on if they go on to be diagnosed with autism at a later date. For many autistic people, autism is part of their identity.
This is beginning to sound a lot like those wretched 'deaf culture' proclaimers, isn't it?
Medical research studies such as this, for all their methodological rigour, do rub uncomfortably against the experience of being autistic. Autism is not a “preventable” condition that we can treat like other areas of medical research.
How fortunate for you, then, to have a 'cause' that will never be met..?